Day 1 Diabetes Blog Week: I Can

Today’s topic: I Can

In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could?  Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?  (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)

Last year when my daughter first found out about being diagnosed with type 1 she thought about quitting softball, a sport she truly loved, because there was just so much to deal with and she wasn’t sure if she could do it. I encouraged her to really think about it and to take her time making the decision.  After a week, she went back to attending games and practices. After a few more weeks, she was determined to continue playing and played for the summer league.  I really think that by choosing to play instead of quitting, she told herself and Type 1 that she can do anything. It gave her something to look forward to, something to take her mind off of things, it gave her motivation, and it gave her hope.


12 thoughts on “Day 1 Diabetes Blog Week: I Can

  1. Good for you for encouraging her to think it over and make her own decision. And good for her for deciding to try to keep playing. You are both awesome!

  2. I am proud of you both. You for encouraging your daughter to keep playing, but allowing her to make her own decision – and your daughter for choosing to play!

  3. Glad you were able to encourage her without making her. It’s such a delicate balance we have to deal with as parents to kids with type 1.

  4. I’ve had diabetes for over 38 years and truly believe that exercise is what has kept me healthy (physically and mentally). Good for daughter to keep playing softball and not let diabetes hold her back. And good job, Mom!

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